Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Open House every Sunday!

 Be My Neighbor Sew Along Block Party 
begins this Sunday!
Here's how it works:
Come in each Sunday afternoon between 1 & 5 to receive 
your free Be My Neighbor Block pattern.
There's a new one every week - for 16 weeks!
No kits-no sign ups-no fuss-just some adorable free block patterns.
Come join the party!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Check out this video!

My friend Lili from RJR Fabrics made this video for us.
She toured the RJR manufacturing plant in Korea to see how our favorite fabrics are printed.
Click here to check it out:

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Row by Row Experience


Do you know about the Row by Row Experience? 
It's so much fun! 
We've been participating for a couple of years now & we can 
hardly wait.
It all starts on June 21 (you know - the first day of summer.)
Each participating shop has designed a row depicting 
this year's theme: 
Home Sweet Home.
You visit shops & collect free quilt patterns for rows 9" X 36." 
Create a quilt with 8 different rows, completely quilted & bound, 
& you could win a stack of fat quarters!
The first person to come to a participating shop with 
their complete quilt wins!
Here's our Mermaid row:
 Calico Mermaid sewing at home - her castle - her happy place!

There are more than 2500 participating quilt shops in the US & Canada. Each has designed a row pattern for you to pick up free, & in addition many have prepared kits for their row.
Our kit has all the applique pieces laser cut & pre fused. 
I even found you some buttons for the mermaid's coconut bra.
Ready to go! 
You're welcome!
You just need to add your favorite floss for the 
clothesline & bra top. Or you could use decorative stitches on your machine. Whatever makes you happy.
You can collect rows (and kits) through September 6.  

In addition, many shops have also created fabric license plates to help commemorate your travels. Ours will be for sale soon.

 Between September 6 & November 1 no kits or patterns 
may be sold or given away.
After that, if we have kits & patterns left, they will be available 
for sale.
 Remember - you must actually come into shops to buy a kit or receive a free pattern between June 21 & September 6. 
Although we can mail you a fabric license plate. Just give us a call.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inside look!

Would you like an inside peek?
Check out Quilter's Paradise - the leader in  
laser-cut appliqué and pre-cut pieced kits. 
There are stacks & stacks of fabric. Some is already cut to size & ready to have shapes precisely cut.

Some is just waiting for its turn.
This amazing machine is larger than a king size bed. The computer tells it what shapes to cut, the fabric is loaded (up to 100 layers of fabric) with a thin plastic sheet on top & bottom, then it cuts. You can see Richard holding the blade that cuts through all those layers.

After cutting, the fabric moves aside & then next stack is ready to be cut. Watch the action!
Here you see 6 layers cut into Wedding Ring pieces.



We even ran into a friend lending a hand, assembling kits.

Quilter's Paradise cuts squares, strips, triangles, & all kinds of pre cut fabric pieces to save us time & energy!

Our next stop is Hoffman Fabrics of California.
It was a heavenly visit to their incredible warehouse.

 Have you ever wondered how the fabric gets onto those bolts? There are about 6 wrapping machines going all day long, wrapping fabric from tubes onto bolts just for us!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

It's our Birthday!

Porterville's Downtown Sidewalk Sale Day
is also
Our 5th Birthday Party!
Many Main Street businesses are putting their best out on the sidewalk for a huge 
Main Street Sale
Saturday, March 5
Saturday, March 5
Come join us for
Fun-Prizes-Sidewalk Sale
A special thank you for all our quilty friends!

Thank you for your support & friendship
through our first 5 years!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Where have I been?

I know. I know. 
I've been shirking my blogging duties lately.
It's been super busy at the shop. 
If you haven't heard, Rae Lynne had knee surgery, & Richard had back surgery. 
So they were busy recuperating. 
(By the way, they are both much better & Rae Lynne is coming back to work Tuesday.)
We've added some new Mermaids to help out in the meantime.
You might see Melanie & Sheri around the shop, & Ginger is helping out on weekends & after school. Sheri has taught many classes at the Mermaid over the years, so she's a familiar face. 
I've known Melanie for many-many-many moons. She was in our wedding, so it's very nice to have her around more often. 
Ginger is our Splash My Stocking Mermaid (& Jen's daughter.) 
If we can catch her between Barn Theater & Harmony Magnet Academy productions, she's helping out at the shop.
It takes a village. 
Our quilty friends are the best!
I LOVE all our quilty friends!
We've really enjoyed getting to know all our quilty friends during the past 5 years.
Can you believe the Mermaid has really been open 5 years?
It's amazing to me that I knew just a few of our quilty friends before we opened, & now you've all practically become part of our family.
We recently had a vendor booth at the Cotton Patch Quilters' Show in Bakersfield, & since Richard & Rae Lynne weren't able to work, some great friends stepped up to help out.
My nephew, George, loaded the truck for us.
Rich & Lynette Stover helped me load the trailer, set up the booth, & unload when we came back to town Sunday.
Lisa & Don Claus helped me break down the booth after the show & load the trailer to come home.
It's great to have such wonderful friends.
We really appreciate you all very much.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Local Quilt Shop Day


We're getting excited for Local Quilt Shop Day!
We love our quilty friends!
On January 23 
we'll be celebrating & showing you 
our appreciation for you!

Door Prizes – Refreshments
We love our quilty friends!
Holiday fabric $5/yard  Sale table $5/yard
Books - Buy One Get One Free!
Almost all Patterns - $4
Stack your Sand Dollar Cards on
regularly priced fabric, notions, & tools!
( up to 40% off original price )

Friday, January 8, 2016

January? Already?

January already? Realllyy????
I'm not even ready to un-Christmas my house!
This happens to me every year. It takes me awhile to get all the Christmas decor unpacked & settled, then I just don't want to take it down. Maybe I'm lazy. Or tired. Or maybe I just LOVE Christmas!
We've been out of town this week...and I'm noticing this is a widespread problem. I still see Christmas stuff on lots of homes & businesses that aren't mine. So I guess I shouldn't worry. If it's all put away by Valentine's Day - I'm good!
But we have lots of new ideas going on at Calico Mermaid that aren't Christmas-y.

This is Garden Grove Block of the Month 6 month program using Windermere by Moda.

This beauty is our Deco State Block of the month from In the Beginning Fabrics. 
Each block features fabric depicting the 50 state flowers. 
With ten blocks each month, you'll be finished by summer!

Local Quilt Shop Day is coming up on January 23.  
We have lots of fun & excitement planned for you! Just wait till you see. 
Plan to stop by that Saturday.

We hope to see you soon!